Human habitation act may drive ‘vexatious’ court action, landlords claim

first_imgA leading landlords’ association says it is worried that the looming Fitness for Human Habitation legislation may encourage some tenants to take their landlords to court just to win compensation.The new legislation is due to become law next week on the 20th March.“As with any new regulations time will tell exactly how it is interpreted by the courts, and whether there are unintended consequences,” the Residential Landlord Association says.“We will be monitoring the implementation of the Act to assess whether vexatious cases are being brought against landlords.”The Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 is designed to help tenants living in dangerous and unhealthy conditions, and ensure irresponsible landlords improve their properties or leave the business.Court actionGuidance from the government says that if a rented house or flat is not ‘fit for human habitation’, tenants can take their landlords to court.The court can make the landlord carry out repairs or put right health and safety problems and also make the landlord pay compensation to the tenant.Also, the guidance makes it clear that letting agents are to get caught up in the act’s provisions, which says tenants should phone or email their letting agents as well as their landlord to have their homes improved prior to court action, and inform them once a hearing date has been set.But the legislation is only for new tenancies. Tenants who signed rental agreement before 20th March must wait two years to be covered by the legislation.Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 Residential Landlord Association Fit for human habitation March 8, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Human habitation act may drive ‘vexatious’ court action, landlords claim previous nextRegulation & LawHuman habitation act may drive ‘vexatious’ court action, landlords claimLegislation due to become law on 20th March may have unintended consequences, says Residential Landlords Association.Nigel Lewis8th March 201901,752 Viewslast_img read more